This year’s Plečnik Prize was awarded by the jury to the “open library” in the Vič Primary School in Ljubljana, written by Matjaž Bolčina, Ernest Milčinović and Jan Žonta. Three Plečnik medals and student scholarships were also awarded.
The foundation of the architect Jože Plečnik presented the Plečnik Prize, the Plečnik Medals and the student scholarships in the Plečnik House in Ljubljana.
The library as a meeting place of knowledge and encountersO the open library at the Vič Elementary Schoolwhich received the Plečnik Award in the category of architectural realization of a smaller scale, the jury wrote in its justification that it solves the problem of organizing the space of the school library in a convincing and well-thought-out way, and at the same time establishes a surprising new meeting place of knowledge and encounters, typical of a modern public library.
The jury awarded Plečnik’s medal in the category of architectural realization of a larger scale Kočevje kindergarten, Čebelica unit. The authors of the architecture are Jure Hrovat, Ana Kreč and Katja Paternoster, the authors of the landscape architecture are Darja Matjašec, Nejc Florjanc and Katja Mali. As written in the justification, the new building of the Kočevje Kindergarten consolidates the strength and creativity of the Slovenian architectural profession in the field of construction of educational facilities.
He received the Plečnik medal in the public space category the Krater project, urban wilderness typology and the authors of the multidisciplinary collective Krater: Gaja Mežnarić Osole, Andrej Koruza, Danica Sretenović, Rok Oblak, Primož Turnšek, Sebastjan Kovač, Anamari Hrup, Eva Jera Hanžek, Amadeja Smrekar, Altan Jurca Avci and the Prostorož association. According to the jury, Krater is a good example of urban spatial practice, which not only establishes a new public space on an abandoned construction site, but also opens up inventive possibilities for the production of space and content at a time when urban and ecological processes are more spontaneously directed by capital than considered public interests.
The previous architecture biennale still resonatesThe Plečnik medal for the enrichment of spatial culture was awarded to the project Common in Community: Seventy Years of Cooperative Homes as Social Infrastructure, which was realized in the form of setting up the Slovenian pavilion at the international architecture exhibition in Venice in 2021, as well as accompanying books and events. They are the authors and curators of the pavilion, research project, exhibition and book Blaž Babnik Romaniuk, Martina Malešič, Rastko Pečar, Asta Vrečko, Anja Delbello, Aljaž Vesel, Nuša Jurkovič, Samo Kralj, Vid Hajnšek and Jana Jocif. Due to the commitment of the authors, the project resonates through presentations and events long after the exhibition has closed, the justification says.
The jury allocated the scholarship Sebastjan Cvelbar for a master’s thesis Idea transformations of the economic/legislative space and the design of Potemkin’s place in the city of Ljubljana and Lenart Piano for a master’s thesis Can we build differently? Conceptual design of the hemp concrete factory in Šmatevž near Gomilsko.
The expert jury, which chose this year in the renewed award categories – for architectural realization of a larger scale, for architectural realization of a smaller scale, for public space, for professional journalism and for the enrichment of spatial culture – was composed of Aljoša Dekleva (president), Matej Kučina, Meta Kutin, Anja Planisček and Spela Spanžel.
Prize winners at the joint exhibitionAt the jubilee, fiftieth presentation of the Plečnik Awards, the winners were presented in a documentary film by director Dominik Mence and director of photography Roka Kajzer Nagodet.
In the coming days and months, several events will take place under the common motto of the Plečnik Award 2023. They were introduced by the award-winning exhibition in Plečnik House, which was opened during the award ceremony. On March 23, there will be a round table with the title in the City Museum of Ljubljana Are we winning? on the future of architecture awardsthe exhibition will be opened in the Dessa gallery on May 24 Plečnik Awards 2023and an exhibition in the Small Gallery of the Bank of Slovenia on June 27 Are we winning?